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Phil Karlson

Phil Karlson



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Also Known As: Died: December 12, 1985
Born: July 2, 1908 Cause of Death: cancer
Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois, USA Profession: Director ...


Director (feature film)

Framed (1975) as Director
An innocent man comes out of prison ready to get even with the people who sent him there.
Walking Tall (1973) as Director
Buford Pusser is a tough, Tennessee sheriff, determined to clean up gambling, moonshine whiskey, and prostitution in his town, and is known for using a big stick to smash things up when necessary. Eventually, the criminals in the town form an alliance against Pusser in an effort to take back the town, beating him up and murdering his wife. Now Buford Pusser is really mad...
Ben (1972) as Director
A lonely boy befriends Ben, the leader of a violent pack of killer rats.
Hornets' Nest (1970) as Director
When the rest of his unit is killed, an American paratrooper in World War II Italy enlists local children to bomb a Nazi dam.
The Wrecking Crew (1969) as Director
Secret agent Matt Helm tries to stop a super-villain from stealing a billion-dollar gold shipment.
A Time for Killing (1967) as Director
Confederate soldiers keep the war's ending a secret so they can escape to Mexico.
The Silencers (1966) as Director
In the first Matt Helm adventure, the over-sexed secret agent comes out of retirement to defend a nuclear testing ground.
Rampage (1963) as Director
A romantic triangle complicates a big-game hunting expedition.
The Scarface Mob (1962) as Director
The pilot for the series of the same title. The exploits of Eliot Ness, the leader of an elite group of Treasury Department agents assigned to battle the underworld. In the pilot episode, broadcast as two one-hour segments of "Desilu Playhouse," Ness attempts to break up Al Capone's gang.
Kid Galahad (1962) as Director
A ruthless fight promoter tries to turn a singing mechanic into a champion.
The Secret Ways (1961) as Director
Vienna, 1956. After Soviet tanks crush the Hungarian uprising, soldier-of-fortune Mike Reynolds is hired to help a threatened Hungarian scientist (Prof. Jansci) escape from Budapest. He and Julia, the professor's daughter, cross the boulder posing as journalists, but they encounter a problem. The staunch freedom fighter doesn't want to go!
The Young Doctors (1961) as Director
An aging doctor's resentment of his young assistant could lead to tragedy.
Hell to Eternity (1960) as Director
A young man adopted by Japanese-Americans becomes a hero in World War II.
Key Witness (1960) as Director
A street gang pressures the man whose testimony could put them behind bars.
Gunman's Walk (1958) as Director
A rancher''''s rebellious son tries to teach him that violence is no longer an answer.
The Brothers Rico (1957) as Director
A reformed mob accountant tries to get to his gangster brother before the criminals can.
The Phenix City Story (1955) as Director
A crusading lawyer takes on the corrupt machine running a Southern town.
5 Against the House (1955) as Director
Four college buddies plot to rob a Reno casino.
Tight Spot (1955) as Director
A district attorney tries to get a hardboiled woman to testify against the mob.
Hell's Island (1955) as Director
They Rode West (1954) as Director
A Cavalry doctor defies orders to treat Native Americans.
99 River Street (1953) as Director
A taxi driver gets mixed up with jewel thieves.
Scandal Sheet (1952) as Director
A tabloid editor assigns a young reporter to solve a murder the editor committed himself.
Kansas City Confidential (1952) as Director
To commit the perfect crime, a former detective keeps his colleagues' identities secret from each other.
The Brigand (1952) as Director
A disgraced military officer stands in for an injured Arab ruler.
The Texas Rangers (1951) as Director
The head of the Texas Ranger enlists two convicts to track an outlaw band.
Lorna Doone (1951) as Director
Barbara Hale, Richard Greene, Carl Benton Reid, William Bishop, Ron Randell, Sean McClory, Onslow Stevens, John Dehner, Queenie Leonard. English farmer Richard Greene leads a village uprising against their corrupt landlords in this second screen adaptation (The first version was filmed in 1935) of the popular Richard D. Blackmore novel.
Mask of the Avenger (1951) as Director
When his father is murdered, an Italian nobleman becomes an outlaw to avenge the crime.
The Iroquois Trail (1950) as Director
A frontiersman helps the British fight off French invaders and double-dealing Indians.
The Big Cat (1949) as Director
1933. A city boy arrives in his late mother's birthplace to discover the locals have been pestered by drought, old fights and a cougar. He turns out to be pivotal in all of these.
Down Memory Lane (1949) as Director
Ladies of the Chorus (1949) as Director
A one-time burlesque star tries to shield her daughter so she can marry a nice young man.
Thunderhoof (1948) as Director
Adventures in Silverado (1948) as Director
Rocky (1948) as Director
Louisiana (1947) as Director
Black Gold (1947) as Director
A Native American man trains a horse for the Kentucky Derby.
Kilroy Was Here (1947) as Director
Returning G. I. John J. Kilroy (Jackie Cooper), whose main ambition is to get a college education, finds himself one-half credit short for college entrance. Connie Harcourt (Wanda McKay) writes feature stories about him as "Kilroy,", the most talked about G. I. of the war, and is able to get him registered. Fraternity members grow dubious and attempt to make him withdraw from college.
Shadow Behind the Mask, The (1946)
Lamont Cranston, aka the Shadow, has his hands full as the murder of blackmailing reporter Jeff Mann is blamed on him. Not only does the real murderer seem one step ahead of him as Lamont tries to discover his identity, but he is continually hampered from gaining crucial evidence by his jealous, interfering fiancée Margo Lane. Cranston perseveres and is rewarded with the clue he needs at one of Mann's victims' nightclubs.
Wife Wanted (1946) as Director
Career-slipping movie star Carole Raymond (Kay Francis) buys in as a real estate partner of Jeff Caldwell (Paul Cavanagh). Actually, through his secretary, Nola Reed (Veda Ann Borg), Caldwell runs a matrimonial bureau and, with the aid of his associate, Lee Kirby (John Gallaudet), they defraud and blackmail a large group of lonely people. Carole, unknowingly, is used as bait for one of their victims, Walter Desmond (Barton Yarborough), who "commits suicide." Reporter William Tyler (Robert Shayne) thinks otherwise and, posing as a rich rancher, contacts Miss Raymond. The latter, now being blackmailed by Caldwell, is forced to persuade Tyler to invest in a fraudulent oil deal. In her own attempt to break the racket, Carole uncovers Mildred Hayes (Teala Loring), another innocent victim of the Desmond case. Despite leading each other on for their own purposes, Carole and Tyler fall in love and combine their efforts.
Live Wires (1946) as Director
In their first film, the Bowery Boys tackle gangsters.
Bowery Bombshell (1946) as Director
The Bowery Boys tackle gangsters to clear one of their own from a bogus robbery charge.
Dark Alibi (1946) as Director
Famed Asian detective Charlie Chan tries to disprove fingerprint evidence left at a bank robbery.
Swing Parade of 1946 (1946) as Director
Carol Lawrence (Gale Storm), an aspiring singer, goes to a new night club owned by Danny Warren (Phil Regan), whose father Daniel Warren (Russell Hicks) doesn't approve of the club and wants Danny to join him in the family business. Carol is suspected of being a process server and is thrown out of the club. An extremely long arm of coincidence leads her to the elder Warren's office and he hires her as a process server. She returns but gets a singing job this time so foregoes serving the cease-and-desist notice. The Three Stooges are on hand as waiters and Connee Boswell, Louis Jordan, Will Osborne and Mary Treen provide the music and songs in addition to Gale Storn on "Oh, Buddy" and "On the Sunny Side of the Street."
The Missing Lady (1946) as Director
Lawyer-superhero Lamont Cranston searches for a stolen statue that could solve an art dealer''''s murder.
Behind the Mask (1946) as Director
Lawyer-superhero Lamont Cranston is framed for the murder of a newspaper columnist.
There Goes Kelly (1945) as Director
A radio station page tries to solve a singer''''s murder.
The Shanghai Cobra (1945) as Director
Charlie Chan investigates a series of deaths by snake bite.
G. I. Honeymoon (1945) as Director
A WAVE, a WAC and a Marine (1944) as Director
Henny (Henny Youngman), talent scout for the Margaret Ames (Sally Eilers) Film Agency in Hollywood, mistakes Judy (Anne Gillis) and Marian (Elyse Knox), the understudies, for Eileen (Marjorie Woodworth) and Betty (Ramsay Ames), the real stars of a Broadway show and signs them up for movies. Margaret, furious with Henny for the blunder, fires him---but only temporarily. Another agent, Marty Allen (Richard Lane), once married to and still in love with Margaret, signs Betty and Eileen. Henny arrives with Judy and Marian, and the nightclub manager asks Henny to emcee the show. Though he is not sure himself what they can do, Henny introduces the girls and they make a hit in a dramatic sketch. (Simmer down, it's just a Monogram movie, and their nightclub attendees can react anyway director Phil Karlstein/Karlson wants them to.) Big-time movie producer R. J. (Alan Dinehart) signs them to a film contract. So, what does this have to do with the title, "A WAVE, a WAC and a Marine"? Because Judy joins the WAVES, Marian the WACS and Marty the Marines and all have two weeks before induction, and that is more than long enough to shoot a Monogram musical-within-a-Monogram musical and have a few days to spare.
It Started with Eve (1941) as Assistant Director
To please his dying father, a man hires a hatcheck girl to pose as his fiancée.
In the Navy (1941) as Assistant Director
A famous radio crooner secretly enlists in the Navy and tries to keep his identity a secret.
The Flame of New Orleans (1941) as Assistant Director
A notorious Frenchwoman pretends to be a society lady to nab a rich husband.
Where Did You Get That Girl? (1941) as Assistant Director
I Can't Give You Anything but Love, Baby (1940) as Assistant Director
When Public Enemy No. 3 Sonny McGann (Broderick Crawford) meets composer Bob Gunther (Johnny Downs), he gets the idea of having Bob write music to a poem he has written about his long-lost sweetheart Sadie McGlonsky. Somewhere between kidnapping and gentle persuasion, Sonny takes Bob and his girlfriend Linda Carroll (Peggy Moran) to his penthouse hideout and orders Bob to write the music. After completion, Sonny and his mob use some strong-arm persuasion to get it on "The Hit Parade." Bob tries to trick Sonny saying he can't write any more music because of his unrequited love for music comedy star Magda Delys (Gertrude Michael). Sonny's solution is to have his men bring Magda and a minister with a marriage license to the penthouse. Bob is forced to begin the ceremony but Public Enemy No. 2, Big Foot Louie (Warren Hymer), barges in and reveals that his own hobby is writing music. And Sonny recognizes Magda as his long-lost love Sadie McGlonsky. He and Big Foot decide to quit the rackets and surrender to the District Attorney so they can collaborate on writing hit songs "in the pen."
Slightly Tempted (1940) as Assistant Director
Confidence man Professor Ross (Hugh Herbert) is released from prison and goes to Knoxton where his daughter Judy (Peggy Moran) lives. She has told everyone, including her fiancee Jimmy Duncan (Johnny Downs), that her father has been exploring in South America. Civic leaders ask him to lecture at a gala reception. Because Jimmy needs money to finance a toy train factory, Ross ends his lecture with a sales talk about the valuable Iridium mines he found in South America. Ethelreda Knox (Elisabeth Risdon), big-time toy manufacturer, wants to get a monopoly on the Iridium stock, while Gentleman Jack (Robert Emmett Keane) and The Duchess (Gertrude Michael), a pair of slick crooks, also want to chisel in on the deal. Ross gets the swindlers and civic leaders to deposit $60,000 in the bank and he finances Jimmy's factory with the funds. Feeling somewhat "taken", Gentleman Jack and The Duchess rob the bank, but with the help of his crony Peter (George E. Stone), Ross sees to it that the pair leave town holding an empty bag. Ross reimburses the locals and suggests a merger of the factories owned by his bride-to-be Eltelreda and his future son-in-law Jimmy.
Seven Sinners (1940) as Assistant Director
A South Seas temptress sets her sights on a U.S. Navy officer.
You're Not So Tough (1940) as Assistant Director
The Dead End Kids are out of the slums of New York's East Side and running around the sunny valleys of California looking for a way to make a quick buck. The idea of working never enters their minds until Halop is egged on by Grey to show his capabilities. Before long, he and Hall are working on the ranch of Galli, an elderly Italian woman who treats her workers like human beings instead of animals. Galli's son disappeared as an infant, and Halop tries to convince her that he is that long lost son, thus possibly sharing in her wealth. Galli is such a good person that Halop is soon motivated by respect instead of greed, so he devises a plan to help her when truckers and a labor organization band together to keep her crops from making it to market.
Double Alibi (1940) as Assistant Director
The House of the Seven Gables (1940) as Assistant Director
A man frames his brother for murder to secure the family fortune for himself.
Margie (1940) as Assistant Director
The Invisible Man Returns (1940) as Assistant Director
Framed for the murder of his brother, Geoffrey Radcliffe is scheduled to hang. After a visit from his friend Dr. Frank Griffin, he vanishes mysteriously from prison. Police inspector Sampson realizes that Griffin is the brother of the original Invisible Man and has given Geoffrey the formula to aid his escape. Can Geoffrey elude the police dragnet and track down the real murderer? More importantly, can Griffin discover an antidote before the invisibility formula drives Geoffrey insane?
The House of Fear (1939) as Assistant Director
A detective goes undercover as a producer to investigate an actor's murder, which occurred during the performance of a play. The actor's body disappeared shortly after the crime, and his ghost is rumored to be haunting the theater.
Rio (1939) as Assistant Director
Code of the Streets (1939) as Assistant Director
The Family Next Door (1939) as Assistant Director
Society Smugglers (1939) as Assistant Director
The Last Warning (1939) as Assistant Director
Mutiny on the Blackhawk (1939) as Assistant Director
Story deals with slave-running between Hawaii and California in 1840, featuring a wild mutiny aboard a slave ship on the high seas, the bartering of natives for slavery in a tropical paradise, and battle scenes between enraged California settlers and the Mexican Army.
Two Bright Boys (1939) as Assistant Director
His Exciting Night (1938) as Assistant Director
Danger on the Air (1938) as Assistant Director
The Black Doll (1938) as Assistant Director
Nicholas Rood (C. Henry Gordon), dishonest mine owner, finds a Black Doll on his desk and knows that vengeance is about to overtake him for murdering his former partner. He is knifed as he talks to his daughter Marian (Nan Grey). She summons her fiance Nick Halstead (Donald Woods), a private detective. He finds that six people had a motive for the murder; Rood's sister Mrs.Laura Leland (Doris Lloyd); her son Rex (William Lundigan); Rood's associates Mallison(Addison Richards) and Walling (Arthur Hohl); Esteban (Fred Malatesta), a servant and Dr. Giddings (Holmes Herbert.) Sheriff Renick (Edgar Kennedy) and his deputy Red (Syd Saylor) get the clues all mixed up, but Nick finally narrows the search down to one suspect...
The Lady in the Morgue (1938) as Assistant Director
The Last Express (1938) as Assistant Director
Newsboys' Home (1938) as Assistant Director
Top of the Town (1937) as Assistant Director
Night Key (1937) as Assistant Director
Love Before Breakfast (1936) as Assistant Director
A Park Avenue beauty plays two suitors against each other.
Parole! (1936) as Assistant Director
Postal Inspector (1936) as Assistant Director
The Girl on the Front Page (1936) as Assistant Director
Alias Mary Dow (1935) as Assistant Director
Dying Evelyn Dow anguishes over her lost daughter, who disappeared as a child. Evelyn's husband Henry, hoping to make his wife's final days more bearable, asks waitress Sally Gates to pose as the daughter. Sally does so, but Mrs. Dow is so cheered by her "daughter's" return that she regains her health, leaving Sally stuck in her role.
Manhattan Moon (1935) as Assistant Director
Princess O'Hara (1935) as Assistant Director
Werewolf of London (1935) as Assistant Director
A strange animal attack turns a botanist into a bloodthirsty monster.
She Gets Her Man (1935) as Assistant Director
His Night Out (1935) as Assistant Director
Mystery of Edwin Drood (1935) as Assistant Director
An opium addict''''s obsession with a young girl leads to murder.
The Affair of Susan (1935) as Assistant Director
Strange Wives (1934) as Assistant Director
Cheating Cheaters (1934) as Assistant Director
The Palmers, an apparently wealthy family, move into the house next- door to the Lazarres. However, the Palmers are actually a gang of thieves plotting to rob the Lazarres. What the Palmers don't realize is that the Lazarres are also a criminal gang, and they are planning to rob their new wealthy neighbors, the Palmers!
The Countess of Monte Cristo (1934) as Assistant Director
Romance in the Rain (1934) as Assistant Director
Embarrassing Moments (1934) as Assistant Director
Great Expectations (1934) as Assistant Director
Charles Dickens' classic tale of Pip, a poor orphan who befriends an escaped convict and who grows up in the company of a bitter old woman, Miss Havisham, and her haughty young ward, Estella. Pip learns the rewards of both vindictiveness and gratitude as a result of these events.
I Like It That Way (1934) as Assistant Director
My Pal the King (1932) as Fill-in dir and asst dir
The King of a small European country, just a boy, takes an interest in Tom Reed's wild west show. Tom puts on a special show just for the King and the two become friends. When the King takes Tom's advise instead of the Count's, the Count has the King kidnaped planning to kill him. When Tom learns of the Kings disappearance he and his troop of men, without any real bullets for their guns, ride off to rescue him.

Writer (feature film)

Embarrassing Moments (1934) as Contract Writer

Producer (feature film)

Between Us Girls (1942) as Associate Producer
Carrie (Diana Barrymore), ambitious young actress and her manager Mike Kilinsky (Andy Devine), travel east from Chicago to Long Island so Carrie can see the new mansion that her mother Chris (Kay Francis) has just purchased. Chris is not there when Carrie arrives by Gallagher (Ethel Griffies), the family major domo, tells Carrie that Chris is in love with the very rich Steve (John Boles.) Chris confesses to Carrie that she has lied about her age to Steve, claiming to be 31, and that the photograph of Carrie is Carrie's (non-existent) Aunt Sadie and Carrie is only twelve. Carrie insists that her mother keep up the masquerade, and she will pose as a 12-year-old. Steve arrives and brings with him his friend Jimmy Blake (Robert Cummings). More than a little confusion follows including Carrie starting a fight with another "kid" to keep Jimmy from keeping a date with his fiancee and Mike escorting Chris and the "under-age" Carrie to a night club, and other incidents that only tend to prove that Steve and Jimmy aren't the brightest bulbs shining. Diana Barrymore is better as the 12-year-old than she is later playing Joan of Arc in a Detroit theatre, where the light finally dawns on the perplexed Robert Cummings character.

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